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The importance of Magnesium (Mg)

Acid-alkaline: Alkaline-forming

Food sources: All fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, seaweeds, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, potatoes (sweet potato preferably), sesame seeds, alfalfa figs, brown rice, kelp, pineapple, honey, celery, whole grain products, almonds, avocados, bananas, apples, peaches lima beans, black-eyed peas, wheat germ, brown rice.

Uses in the body:  Strengthens muscles and nerve tissues.  Activates many enzymes, especially in carbohydrate metabolism.  Needed for proper bone and teeth formation.  Conditions liver and glands.

Stimulates elimination.  May help combat stress, maintain muscle contractions and aid in adaptation to cold, and regulation of normal heart rhythm.  May reduce effects of lead poisoning and reduce kidney stones.  Also, blood albumen.

Note:  Alcohol, diuretics, emotional or physical stress, diarrhea, zinc, and fluoride increase the need for magnesium.

Deficiency:  Symptoms may include diarrhea, fatigue, calcium depletion, and heart arrhythmias.

Also, soft and porous bones, poor digestion, GI upsets, fatigue, sleep disturbances, irritability, confusion, cramping and spasms, tachycardia, nervousness, kidney stones, convulsions, poor complexion.